Directing an employee to take annual leave

An employer can only direct an employee to take annual leave in some situations. For example, when:

  • the business is closed during the Christmas and New Year period
  • an employee has accumulated excess annual leave.

The rules about when and if an employer can direct an employee to take annual leave is set out in awards and registered agreements.

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  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
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